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The City Council, at its year-end meeting Wednesday, set in motion plans to buy an abandoned civil defense center to be used as an emergency communications center, training facility, and off-site records and computer data storage.

City Manager Robert L. Knabel said the state-owned property has become available, but negotiations to buy it have not begun. He said the city hopes to buy the State Street underground facility "for a minimal amount."

The center was opened in 1967 as a state civil defense district office. It was designed to serve as a temporary seat of government if a disaster destroyed government offices. It had room for 100 people and could be self-sufficient for up to two weeks.

Also during Wednesday's brief session, two new ward council members were sworn in. Republicans Henry E. Mosicki, elected to represent the First Ward, and Fifth Ward member Kathleen Briggs begin four-year terms Saturday.

Also sworn in by City Clerk Rebecca Chatt-Swanson were ward council members Andrew Lista, J. Peter Garlock, Edward DeJaneiro Jr. and Rose Mary Christian.

The council set Monday for its organizational meeting, at which rules are established and council officers elected.

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